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In Houston we've been hearing scuttlebutt about Appel switching to a slide step being the cause or a main cause of his struggles prior to this outing. Anyone have any info?
Luhnow took the top prospect in baseball 1/1, and unless you think he should have x-ray vision or be able to directly see the future, you have to give him an incomplete on Aiken.
I felt that way too at first. Then I realized that our 21-year-old shortstop playing in AAA for the first time after spending little more than a month in AA walked twice as often as he struck out while struggling over the weekend. And then I felt warm and fuzzy inside.
<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70473">Joe Musgrove</a></span> went five strong with 0 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=BB" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('BB'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">BB</span></a> and 9 K to raise his season K/BB ratio to 45-to-1. Still can't get any love though.
How close was A.J. Reed to getting in on the action here, and is there something notably bad about him that held him back?
A prospect should be getting attention when they're doing well, regardless of what round they're selected in.
Seems odd to be calling DeShields a bust already in the same breath as saying a guy who can't find the strike zone most of the time deserves to be in the Show.
I'd also question that makeup report. He's spent the last eight months passive-aggressively whining about not already being in the Majors on Twitter.
"Well-earned?" Why do people keep saying he earned this? Why do people keep acting like he deserves to be in the Majors? He's largely been awful this year. He throws hard and people go nuts over velo. Other things matter too, folks.
Um, I'd say they're selling high on Cosart. If he doesn't improve much, his value won't be any higher than it is now, and his mechanics are seriously flawed.
On McCullers; he's just coming off a month-long DL stint, so the two innings were planned. And aside from that, the Astros use the tandem system thing, so he doesn't usually pitch more than 4-5 innings in a game anyway.
Correa was on-pace for something like 40 SB at the time of his injury. FORTY. Maybe he doesn't have Buxton's raw athletic speed, but Correa's run tool seems shockingly underrated to me.
Also, if anything around these parts borders on "idolatry," it would seem to me to be certain people's worship of raw tools and "#rig."
Whoa whoa whoa. Broken leg? They think it's an ankle injury, a fracture at worst most likely. Correa was quoted as saying he feels fine and isn't worried about it. Suddenly it's a season-ending broken leg?
Don't forget about the emergency appendectomy that cost Appel all of Spring Training, and the thumb problem from just this past week or two.
People act like Appel is no longer a prospect after HALF of an injury-riddled season. My goodness.
Matthew Duffy, playing on the same team as Domingo Santana, hit THREE homers last night, but no mention.
I know he's not a sexy prospect, but it would be nice to see people who aren't on Top 10 lists get some coverage too.
Carlos Correa has eight SB over his last ten games. He's 20-for-24 in steals this season.
Guess he took people questioning his future range and run tool personally.
Man, this brought back some bad memories. As soon as you mentioned that Oswalt game and the date, I remembered vividly seeing it on TV. We were really roaring back to life that year then, and it was a 2004-2005 kind of comeback feeling again. The a couple days later, Hurricane Ike hit, the power went out for a week, the Astros home games in Milwaukee debacle happened, and Houston hasn't sniffed the playoffs since.
Collin McHugh, holy smokes. I watched the game last night in utter awe. Where the heck did that come from?
The only thing that has less willpower than Carlos Lee at a fried chicken festival is a writer writing about Houston and trying not to whip out the "Houston, we have a problem" cliche in some form or fashion.
Rougned Odor's name makes me hungry. Maybe "Rougned" reminds my brain of nougat. Need Snickers...
Welcome to Houston, sir.
Next, Parks, Thorburn and Sporer. Mwahahahahaaaa...
Um, I think you're being too hard on DeShields, he only struck out 17% of the time in A+ ball this season, sample size well over 500 PA. He's never sniffed AA pitching yet, but now he's suddenly in the AFL against elite prospect competition, of course he'll struggle a bit initially.
"Cash Considerations" ain't gonna help the Astros' rebuild. Honestly, why did we just give him away? He's nothing special, but compared to the rest of the Astros' bullpen, he's bleepin' Eckersley.
So Stassi made one fewer out and had a triple instead of a double, but Hedges gets the PPotD honors? If I didn't know better, I'd think you were placing value on...on...
...RBI :( *shudder*
What farm systems would you still rank above Houston's at this point? Are they Top Five now?
And HOU 11-0 over BAL in the seventh. It's a good day to be an Astros' fan.
Beat me to it, Wojciechowski effing where guys? Huge snub.
People sure are drinking the Kool-Aid on Buxton already. We're talking about half a season of Low-A ball, folks.
Give me Correa, McCullers and Ruiz combined over Buxton, yes.
Here I was, an Astros fan, almost giddy that an entire BP article was going to be devoted to one of my team's MiLB clubs...and the only Astros' prospect even mentioned was Perez getting his brains knocked out.
Why am I spending these five bucks every month again...
Delino DeShields jr. had four hits each of the last two days, including a three single, one triple, one steal performance on Sunday. Shocked he wasn't mentioned, considering how few were on Sunday...
Astros take Cavan Biggio with their second-round pick?
Correction: Che-Hsuan Lin is in the Astros organization right now. I know we're going to be bad, but you don't have to just IGNORE us... *sniff*
Nice piece, Dave. As an Astros fan, I was rather shocked that they let you go. Speaking for myself, you were the best Astros radio man I ever heard (I'm only 26, so maybe that's not saying much, but there you go). Between the 100+ losses, you and then DeShaies, have mercy, baseball gods.
I think radio must be more immune to tumult than TV, if for no other reason than it's hard to innovate on such a relatively-simple technology. I suppose it's mostly been relegated to the "power outage backup" method for a lot of people, but I think it will always be relevant as long as the broadcasters are good. Not fawning over female booth guests and forgetting to mention the score or describe the action for 10-20 minutes at a time is a good place to start...
Failed drug test.
You wouldn't have a problem with it if he said he remembered fondly meeting the guy at the park, or watching all his games on TV, or something along those lines. Why get all self-righteous because the connection he felt to Freel was through fantasy baseball? He's reminiscing about fond memories; it's what we all do about those who have passed on who made some sort of impact on us, no matter how small or indirect.
Carlos Pena and Nate Freiman have significant splits against righties and lefties respectively, DH platoon?
You win, sir.
You mean 2.0 walks per nine on Kimbrel, I take it.
$3.99? Are you posting this from 1994? Hot tip: buy Google stock.
Nicholas Tropeano couldn't even get a mention? Even in the guys on the rise? Boy oh boy, if you aren't drafted in the first two rounds, you're chopped liver until you start throwing no-hitters in AA I guess.
Most recent reports I've heard have said Tropeano's velocity is up noticeable this year, like 93-95 with regularity.
Just a thought, but has anyone else noticed that, many times, African Americans especially, are viewed as more naturally talented and athletic than Caucasians? I wonder if that might subconsciously play into it. To me, "gritty" and "scrappy" are often used to complement a player like, say, Jeff Keppinger, who is tough, professional, gives great effort, but no one would confuse him with a tremendous athlete like Stanton or Trout. I think it may, at least partially, be similar to why there's "no such thing" as a crafty right-handed pitcher; you always hear words like "crafty" or "sly" attached to soft-tossing lefties with good command and pitchability skills, but righties with similar skills are never called that. When a guy like Beltran or Griffy or Hanley etc. makes it look so easy, I think subconsciously you don't think of them as hustling or grinding as much as other guys who have to run into walls and basically play at 150% all the time just to keep up.
Marc Krauss is now 5-for-11 in three games with the Astros' AA team, a double and four bombs. Who needs singles anyway? Thanks, Chris Johnson!